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Madinat Habu, Luxor

West Bank
Egypt's insider take:

The sheer size of Karnak Temple and the exhausting descent into the royal tombs leave tour groups with no time or energy to explore Madinat Habu, even though it is the best-preserved mortuary temple on the west bank. This enlarged version of the Ramesseum is a palace of courts and passages. The first court contains a huge bas-relief of the pharaoh hunting buffalo; the papyrus-shaped pillars in the second court retain their characteristic red, green and blue paint; more pictorials etched on the northern side depict Ramses III's famous sea battle against a coalition of Aegean and Asiatic invaders.

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